This week was whole dedicated to animated films, but I had really vibrant last three weeks… participating on several workshopz at home and abroad; switching on/off between Dance Week Festival and Animafest, visiting several exhibitions, transcribing interviews and then, I get slightly overloaded… Therefore, I wasn’t blogging as I planned, cuz I needed a small break…
Animafest had really amazing long feature films in this year’s programme, and it was hard not to follow all of them (fully coverage will follow within next several weeks…). I’m extremely happy to announce that the Grand Prix Award went to Waltz with Bashir by Ari Folman. You probably remember that I had already this movie screened here in Pocket cinema. Today, I also have a real gem for you, and that’s ‘Sita Sings the Blues‘ by Nina Paley.
Nina Paley is an amazing cartoonist and artist, real free culture oriented activist and don’t miss to read the whole story she had been through with distributing her film under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License. Nina, we all luv u for the challenge you took part!
Sita Sings the Blues is a musical, animated personal interpretation of the Indian epic the Ramayana. The aspect of the story that I focus on is the relationship between Sita and Rama, who are gods incarnated as human beings, and even they can’t make their marriage work.
And then there’s my story. I’m just an ordinary human, who also can’t make her marriage work. And the way that it fails is uncannily similar to the way Rama and Sita’s [relationship fails]. Inexplicable yet so familiar. And the question that I asked and the question people still ask is, “Why”? Why did Rama reject Sita? Why did my husband reject me? We don’t know why, and we didn’t know 3,000 years ago. I like that there’s really no way to answer the question, that you have to accept that this is something that happens to a lot of humans. (taken from official site)